ROI (Return on Investment)Ford cut away Chassis V.S. Sprintercut away ChassisNexus RV President Claude Donati 10-13-11www.nexusrv.com
Over the last 17 years, I have had the pleasure of helpingthousands of people make their RV motorhome purchase. Thisunique perspective of assisting in the shopping process gave methe understanding of what is important to the retail customer.Things like value, performance, design and safety rule the day.Recently, there has been a new factor, fuel efficiency.
A decade ago, when a person would ask, “What is the gas mileage?The cute response was, “If you have to ask, you probably cannotafford it.” This response was a defense mechanism by the industryto deflect the perception that fuel consumption was going todrain the RVer of all their money or perhaps prevent a new RVerfrom entering into the market. This fear of fuel consumption and thecost associated with fuel has remained an important topic.Consequently, there is a fallacy that has been left unchecked andmay be impacting the decision by first time buyers as well as theseasoned RVer.The fallacy, the Sprinter chassis with the Mercedes 3.0 diesel enginewill save you money because the MPG’s is far better than the FordCut-a-way chassis with the V-10 gasoline engine.
The following comparison is meant tocomprehensive, but I must admit, ourcompany, Nexus RV (www.nexusrv.com),has madethe decision to build exclusively on the Ford Chassisfor several major reasons. Each of those reasons isbased on what we believe to be right for the retailcustomer.
Here is that comparison:Fuel CostIn an effort to demonstrate the ROI (return on investment of buying a Sprinter Chassisinstead of a Ford Chassis, you must first determine some variablesthat are agreeable. For this comparison let us accept the following variables:Price per Gallon (AAA fuel chart October 13th, 2011)Diesel $3.79Unleaded $3.42Miles traveled per year by the RVer (industry estimate)5,000 milesCost to buy Sprinter Chassis with Mercedes Engine and diesel Generator Vs. Ford with gas Generator$25,000Miles per Gallon (MPG)Sprinter 13 mpgFord 9 mpghttp://www.nexusrv.com/
Annual cost of fuelSprinter Chassis with 3.0 Mercedes diesel5,000 miles traveled divided by 13 miles per gallon=384 gallons used x $3.79 per gallon =$1,458 annual fuel expenseFord Chassis with V-10 gas5,000 miles traveled divided by 9 miles per gallon=555 gallons used x $3.42 per gallon=$1,900 annual fuel expenseResult: You save $442 for every 5,000 milesyou travel with the purchase of a Sprinter Chassis,but remember you paid $25,000 more for the same motorhome.It would take you 56 years to get a return on your investment!The equation can be modified to handle all the variables such as fuel cost,distance traveled or amount paid for the Sprinter Chassis.Bottom line: No matter how long you own your motorhome you will not be ableto save money with on fuel by purchasing the Sprinter Chassis vs. the Ford Chassis.http://www.nexusrv.com/
Parts and ServiceFord Motor Company has been producing theFord Cut-a-way chassis with slight modifications for over 30 years;the V-10 engine has been used in the configuration for over 15 years.This product is manufactured in Lorain, Ohio. Thus, the availabilityof parts for these products is plentiful and cost effective. Contrarily, theSprinter Chassis with the 3.0l Mercedes Engine has only been in the states underits current configuration for less than 7 years. The import cost and shipping costs makethe parts for the Sprinter expensive compared to theFord. In addition, Ford Motor Company has been in existence for over 100 yearswith the largest and strongest service network in the RV industry.There is not even a close second. At Nexus, because we know thebuyers are not going to be close to where they bought their unit, we rely heavily onFord’s ability to keep our customer’s on the road. Sprinter does not have a service networkthat would compare to the Ford’s. In fact, there are a fraction of service centersthat can or will service the Sprinter Chassis.Result: Ford Service and Parts are far more effective and affordable than the Sprinter
Product and PerformanceAlthough the Sprinter has some neat features and many people likethe feel of the cockpit while you are driving down the road, there aresome vital features that Ford has over the Sprinter that are difficult toignore.Here are those important features: Ford Feature Sprinter 14,500 lbs GCWR 11,030 Horsepowe 305 H.P. 188 H.P. r Fuel 26.4 55 Gallon Capacity Gallon LT225/85 LT 225/75/16E Tires R/16 420 lbs. Torque 325 lbs.
It is understandable that many readers may believe there are manymore features that both these chassis could tout in a salespresentation. They would be correct. We have taken the mostimportant features to the overall performance of the motorhome andconcluded that in spite of the limited short term gains in fuel efficiency,the Sprinter Chassis and Mercedes engine does not compare to theFord in those key areas such as value, safety, service andReturn on Investment (ROI).http://www.nexusrv.com/
Nexus RV is a factory Direct Dealer/Manufacturer that works diligentlyto save retail customers money by eliminating waste, give thecustomers a better buying experience and build the customers exactlywhat they want. Moreover, we go to great lengths to inform customersof our manufacturing philosophy as well as our unique perspective ofbeing both the dealer and the manufacturer of RVs. It is with that spiritwe hope to pass along information that may help in the buyingdecision of thousand of potential customers.http://www.nexusrv.com/
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